I have recently viewed the blogs of two of my classmates (Vidya and Nathalie) and there seems to be a need to challenge what persons see the library and a librarian as.
Nathalie did this by highlighting an excerpt about library jobs, while Vidya placed a linked to an interesting website called the daring librarian.
Firstly, the excerpt that Nathlie posted, looked at working in a library as a viable career option and the various possibilities that could exist in the workplace.
The website linked on Vidya’s blog , on the other hand, looked at the appearance of a librarian, asking persons (librarians) to submit pictures of themselves and the way in which they wish to be represented to the world other than the usual stereotype (a very cool endeavor indeed).
Therefore, the fact remains that the majority of the world isn’t really clear on what libraries are like or even the persons who are in charge of them.
In many instances, when I have told perons that I am studying library science they have quipped “Yeah, you look like a librarian”, but just because I tend to wear my hear back and act like a mean school matron (only when necessary) does not mean that I resemble the various librarians across the world.
Thus, it is necessary for future librarians to always challenge persons to :-
- Think ouside their stereotypical, outdated box and see the diverse melange of librarians and libraries and
- Be wowed by the various possibilities.